About the Coroner’s Bureau The Coroner’s Office was established on May 2, 1893. On January 4, 1999, the Coroner’s Office consolidated with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, becoming the 42nd county in the state to consolidate the Coroner’s Office with the Sheriff’s Office. In 2015, over thirteen thousand deaths were reported to the Riverside County Coroner’s Bureau. The Coroner investigates and reports on all violent, sudden or unusual deaths of persons within the County as established by California law. The Coroner may hold an inquest if the circumstances warrant. The inquest may be held with or without a jury, at the Coroner’s discretion and shall be open to the public. Mandatory
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